8 ways to cool off when you get sick of the heat in Edmonton

Jul 7 2024, 4:00 pm

While we all look forward to the summer season in Edmonton, sometimes the heat can be more than imposing.

Edmonton is set to experience its first few 30Ā°C days of 2024, and when temperatures soar, it’s crucial to stay hydrated and keep cool.

Fortunately, we’ve put together a list of some excellent ways to beat the heat in Edmonton.

Head into the River Valley

A walk through the river valley on a hot day is sure to cool you off; there are plenty of trees for shade, and proximity to the water will bring the temperature down a few degrees. Plus, it’s a beautiful part of the city to explore!

Hit up the Library


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Settle in with a good book at any one of the Edmonton Public Library locations, where you will feel extra comfortable under the air conditioning. It’s a quiet, peaceful way to relax and stay cool when the ground outside is hot enough to fry an egg.

Go see a movie

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Another great source of air conditioning is the movie theatre. What better way to beat the heat for a few hours than with a movie?

Get some ice cream


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Edmonton has so many incredible, locally owned ice cream shops, and it’s a fantastic way to beat the heat. Check out our roundup of theĀ best ice cream in Edmonton, whichĀ we think everyone should try at least once.

Hit up a patio

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Grab a few friends and head down to one of Edmonton’s many outdoor patios. Stay shaded under an umbrella while sipping on an ice-cold drink. What could be better?

West Edmonton Mall


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You can spend an entire day inside West Edmonton Mall, and best of all, it’s all air-conditioned. So do a little shopping, hit up Galaxyland, or go for a splash at the World Waterpark; the world is your oyster!

Elk Island National Park


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Stick to the shaded trails at Elk Island National Park; you’ll feel the temperature come down a few degrees. It’s only a short drive east of Edmonton! Plus, you may see a buffalo or two while you’re out there.

Go for a swim

This is such a classic way to cool off, and there are so many fantastic outdoor pools to enjoy throughout the city. Plus, you can always dip your feet in the plenty of indoor public pools we have in town. It’ll feel so refreshing!

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